Six in graduation ceremony
|Six officers of the RGP recently attended the graduation ceremony at Durham University following their accomplishment of a 2 year long post-graduate course of study which has now seen them admitted to the degree of Master of Arts (MA) in Enterprise Management.
With their respective families in attendance at the ceremony which took place at Durham Cathedral, the officers robed up in traditional post-graduate attire and personally received the Masters degree for the University’s Chancellor.
The MA in Enterprise management is a programme specifically designed for senior and middle managers in developing organisations who want to improve their strategic and operational performance. “This is another example of the RGP investing in its own people. Having been awarded the Investor in People accreditation in 2008, the RGP acknowledges the value and importance in the continuous development of its staff for the sake of organisational prosperity in our line of business” commented a spokesperson. Though not a profit making organisation, the police service of nowadays relies in good professional, strategic and commercial principles of management and it is important that our managers up to speed with these practices and principles” added the spokesperson.
Topics covered in the programme included;
• Managing quality and change
• Strategic management
• Financial management
• People, policies and practice
• Research methodologies
• Enterprise and entrepreneurship
Towards the end of the course each of the officers had to research and compile a focused business report on a subject of their choosing but with pertinence to the RGP.
The successful post-graduates were:
Superintendent Richard Mifsud
Inspector Frank Barton
Inspector Cathal Yeats
Inspector Ian Howes
Inspector Isaac Massias
Police Sergeant Albert Rocca
Supt Mifsud’s dissertation focused on ‘Road Safety’. Through a research spanning back 10 years comparing road traffic accidents with enforcement activity, it set out to establish whether Operation Roadwatch achieved its operational objectives.
Inspector Barton’s report focused on recruitment and selection issues and whether communication and management styles during the recruit selection process and subsequent probationary period impacted on the performance of probationary constables.
Inspector Yeats’ researched how the use of information technology improved the information / intelligence handling process in accordance with the National Intelligence Model.
Inspector Howes’ report related to the use of firearms in the RGP and consideration for less lethal options to the firearm.
Inspector Massias studied the subject of absence within the service. He set to ascertain any possible patterns whilst considering the different variants of age, gender, rank, post, uniformed/plain clothed officers and the different sections/units/departments the officers worked in. The entitlement to threshold payments for high performance and absence managements systems within the RGP also featured in his paper.
Sergeant Rocca’s dissertation aimed to establish whether marketing a police service in similar ways to private enterprises would impact on police performance.
All these papers will now be perused by management with a view seeking out issues for implementation for the development and betterment of the service.